Manus Island detainee’s creative talents on show

August 29, 2017 by  

Music and artworks created by a talented artist detained in Manus Island’s offshore detention camp is the focus of an exhibition in Broadmeadows.

Poet, singer, musician and artist Farhad Bandesh is responsible for the drawing and painting of works included in the Manus Moon exhibition at the Hume Global Learning Centre.

Using materials brought into the camp from outside, Bandesh has been creating his artworks since 2014.

A Gallery spokesman said a selection of the artist’s moving and original works were purchased by a small team of volunteers who wanted to put them on display in galleries across Australia.

Bandesh’s work has been described as “multidisciplinary” and features paintings, drawings, work with gems and stones, and graphic art.

According to brochures promoting the Centre’s latest exhibition, the display ranges from bright meditative landscapes, songs and intimate portraits to challenging pieces that have been inspired by the struggle for cultural rights and independence by the Kurds.

Hume City Council Mayor Drew Jessop spoke highly of Bandesh’s works, saying:

“This is one of many free exhibitions hosted in Council facilities that can’t be missed.

“As a Welcoming City, Council is proud to offer this opportunity to consider the extraordinary hope, creativity, and strength of people seeking asylum.”

Entry is free to the Manus Moon Exhibition at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows, but the show comes to an end today.